Building my shop--part 6

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Blog entry by Randy posted 09-01-2011 02:49 AM 2084 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have done a little work in the shop I decided to update my blog. I have not installed a dust collector as of yet. That will hopefully come next year. For now, i am using a shop vac, and a broom. Other than that i feel very good about my set up.

Most of the new stuff can be seen in the above pic. Lumber rack, bandsaw, and work table.

The spindle sander is my newest tool. I threw together the stand this morning . I had planned on sitting it on the work table, which made the sanders table about eye level. That was no good so i built the little stand out of some scrap ply i had left over from the lumber storage.

My peg boards are not exactly how i want them, but im getting there. The little shelves that hold the planes was an after thought. I was going to build some kind of rack for them, but this makes more sense. The shelves are suprizingly sturdy and i have plenty of room for future planes.

Adding the water cooler was my wife’s idea. It saves me a lot of trips into the house.

A closer look at the sander. This is my first spindle sander and i love it.

The little shelf next to the drill press is a bit (pun) on the small side. At the time i was broke and that was all the material i had. I plan on building a bigger shelf underneath. (bit storage)

I made this table for storage and small project assembly. I really like having the bins. I also needed a place to keep my saw horses. If you cant tell by viewing the photo, i have been trying my hand at bandsaw boxes. (main reason i bought the spindle sander) Also in the picture you can see my recent attempt at a tumbling block cutting board. I would love some pointers on glueing up this pattern. (what a nightmere)

I will probably do one more shop blog if and when i get a dust collector. Other than that i am very happy with my progress. I do feel i wee bit guilty about all the time and money that i have invested in this so i plan on spending the rest of the year doing small projects and spending very little.
Thanks for looking.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 03:13 AM

Randy, looking good man!

Building shop furniture is always a blast, to see the shop grow over time is very satisfying. Keep us posted on any new projects.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 05:42 AM

Nice! When can I come over and start my projects! lol

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 06:56 AM

Very nice! I, too, just doubled my shop size and I know exactly what you are saying! I could easily spend several thousand more but first I have to make the money back! I’m happy and know you are too.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 08:06 AM

Nice space to work with. You will sure be able to setup your shop very nicely.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 12:25 PM

Wow, this is a shop that any of us would enjoy working in! You have plenty of room in there and it looks like this would be a fun place in which to work.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 05:16 PM

Randy, You have certainly been busy.

Everything is looking good—although a little to clean!
Unfortunately, you will be crowded before you know it. Enjoy the room while you can.


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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 07:19 PM

One question: Are you going to put anything on the walls like plwood, or sheathing, etc. other than the pegboard? Just curious. Keep on keeping on….

You’ve got the shop looking stellar. You’ve come a long way, my fellow Texan…lol. The tool placemnets are falling into place quite nicely…. As Kent said, you’ve been really busy. Just remember… a shop is NEVER finished….it just slows down some time till the next idea hits you. You’ll have it filled up in no time….trust me.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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